Percolate Residency - Salma Ataya
Tue 10 Mar '20

Percolate Residency: Salma Ataya | 23 - 27 March 2020

In this residency, Salma Ataya will be exploring the idea of how to be a woman in two different societies and how things like other people’s behaviour toward us can change our body and our movements. The question is, how can we try and deal with what is happening daily in our life without letting it affect our bodies? Since what is in our mind affects us physically, how can we be ourselves without using a mask to hide who we are and not try to be someone else?  From experience and what she has seen in the streets, Salma will take the idea of abuse towards women from both genders and from ourselves to see how that affects the body and if it’s effect is the same in us in any way or if it is different depending on who we are and where we come from?

Tue 03 Mar '20

Percolate Residency: Luke Murphy | 2 - 13 March 2020

Of a Mirror and a Bell is a new multimedia opera installation by composer Jerome Begin and directed by Luke Murphy.  The libretto derives from traditional Japanese ghost stories as collected and translated, in 1904, by Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn was raised in Dublin by an Irish father and Greek mother, spent decades living in the United States, and passed the last 14 years of his life in Japan, from which vantage point his writings provided one of the West’s first windows into preindustrial Japanese culture.

Building upon his extensive experience with Punchdrunk, Murphy is approaching this work with a highly inventive new approach to promenade theatre aiming to re-contextualise the experience of Opera performance.

Over the residency Luke and Jerome will collaborate with Dancers Rocio Dominguez and Ben King and Opera Singers Margaret Bridge and Seamus Ludden.

For information on Luke's Professional Morning Classes on 4 & 11 March click here.

For information on Luke's Work-in-progess Sharing on 13 March click here.

This research is generously supported by an Arts Council of Ireland 2020 Arts Grant Award.

The High Kicks of Limerick Performance Project: Join in!
Fri 28 Feb '20

Do you enjoy dancing? Would you like to try something new? Join The High Kicks of Limerick, an ensemble of dancers aged 50yrs or over for a performance project this April – May at Dance Limerick.  
Choreographer Mary Nunan is working with the group this year to create a new dance performance. 

Over the course of 12 session Mary will guide the participants through a series of improvisations during which they will generate some movements and text. She will then choreograph a work based on the material they have created. The choreography will include other elements including music, props and costumes. 

Rehearsal Schedule – April – May 2020

Price: €5 per session 
Time: 2-4pm Daily 
Dates, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30 April, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th May 
Performance: Saturday 16th May  

About Mary Nunan 

Mary Nunan’s professional career began when she joined Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86).  This was Ireland’s first professional contemporary dance company.  She was founder Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company (1988-1999). Throughout her career she has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies that have been performed at national and international venues and festivals including: London (South Bank), Berlin (Podweil Theatre), Munich (Dance ’95), Paris (Pompidou Centre) and Guanajuato (Festival Cervantino), Mexico. The screen adaptation of her dance-theatre work ‘Territorial Claims’ was selected for screening at the Lincoln Centre’s Dance-for-Camera Festival in New York City. 

She was a collaborative artist/ performer in a number of works choreographed by Yoshiko Chuma (2000-2003) when Yoshiko  was Artistic Director of Daghdha. She was member of the Maya Lila Collective, under the direction of Joan Davis (2002-15) and performed in ‘The Bell’s Shadow’ (2015) a feature length film directed by Mary Wycherley and Joan Davis. 

Recent ensemble improvised performances include ‘Rewriting Distance’, (2016) with Lin Snelling and Guy Cools Cools and ‘Tilting’ (2018), with Isabella Oberlander and Mary Wycherley: the latter premiered at LCGA and toured to RHA Dublin.  Mary has developed a number of projects in collaboration with theatre practitioner and community activist Monica Spencer. These include ‘Starting with T’ (2014) and ‘Open O’ (2015). Throughout her career she has choreographed  and performed a number of solo choreographies most recently  ‘The Movement’ was commissioned as part of her activities as Bealtaine national dance-artist in residence in 2107. 

We're hiring! Experienced Ballet Teacher Required
Mon 24 Feb '20

Dance Limerick are seeking an experienced Ballet Teacher to lead our popular evening Adult Ballet classes for Beginners and Improvers. The chosen individual will plan and deliver a 6 week term of ballet classes for adults with varying levels of ability.

Dance Limerick has a committed community of individuals who attend our evening classes to get in shape, develop flexibility and to enjoy themselves with like-minded people.

Skills/Experience Required:

- Experience of delivering ballet classes for adults
- Excellent communication skills
- Passionate, approachable and organised
- Ability to work with a minimum of supervision

Role begins mid-March, Wednesday evenings from 6 - 7:15pm (improver class) & 7:30 - 8:45pm (beginner class).

For more info and to apply please email with your CV and a cover letter (introducing yourself and including why you think you would be suitable for the role).

Closing 12pm, Monday 2nd March.

Step Up dance project 2019, Photo by Don Moloney
Tue 18 Feb '20

Deadline extended to 17th April, auditions to be held in mid June, date TBC.

Step Up Dance Project 2020 continues to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice. Step Up is curated by Irish born, Marguerite Donlon, International choreographer. She is the Artistic Ballet director and resident choreographer of Ballet Hagen at Theater Hagen. She is also the founder and director of Donlon Dance Collective, A project company based in Berlin. More on Marguerite here

Step Up aims to enhance young dancers’ professional networks, by connecting them to the Irish and international contemporary dance community, thereby improving professional opportunities for young dancers in Ireland and abroad. The eight-week programme is open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years and participants will be selected via audition on 10 April.  

This year’s eight-week programme combines:

- Creation of new works with leading choreographers 
- Working on specific technical skills from a renowned improvisation teacher 
- Learning repertoire from a former dancer with renowned international companies 
- Personal and professional coaching 
- Performances in Limerick, Galway, Cork and Longford

Creation and Performance of New Choreographies 

Oona Doherty, Choreographer (Ireland). Oona is based in Belfast and since 2010, has created and toured internationally dance and theatre works with companies such as TRASH (NL), Abbattoir Ferme ( BE), Veronika Riz (IT) and Emma Martin/United Fall (IRE). Since being selected as an Aerowaves artist, Oona’s choreographies have been seen through Europe and at many high profile festivals including Dance Umbrella in London. More on Oona here.

Lucyna Zwolinska, Choreographer (Poland, Germany). Lucyna has performed with many internationally acclaimed companies including The Forsythe Company, Ballet des Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken and Company Susanne Linke. Her own choreographies have been presented by Stuttgarter Ballett, TANZtheatre INTERNATIONAL and Tanzcompagnie Gieβen among others. More on Lucyna here.


Ursula Robb, Rosas Repertoire and Methodologies (New Zealand, Ireland). Ursula Robb has had an extensive dance career spanning over twenty years, working with internationally acclaimed companies such as ROSAS, Brussels (A.T De Keersmaeker), ULTIMA VEZ, Brussels (Wim Vandekeybus), cie.ZOO, Brussels (Thomas Hauert), among others.  Ursula has taught at dance schools and institutions worldwide including P.A.R.T.S (Brussels), The New Zealand School of Dance (Wellington, NZ), the Danish National School of Performing Arts (Copenhagen) and is currently teaching at Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.   

Prof Dieter Heitkamp, Improvisation teacher (Germany). Dieter is a professor of contemporary dance at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main and director of the education department at the ZuKT (Zeitgenössischer und Klassischer Tanz). He is a founder and former collective member of Tanzfabrik Berlin, and was one of their artistic directors until 1995. For the last 40 years he has been working intensively on the study, teaching, documentation and performance of contact improvisation. More on Dieter here.

Eoin Mac Donncha, Ballet master and Rehearsal Director (Ireland). Eoin trained at The Rambert School of Ballet in London before working at various state theatres in Germany including Stadtheater Giessen and Staatstheter Saarbrucken. He has worked with the Cathy Sharp Dance Company, Switzerland, the Expressions Dance Company, Australia, and has danced for Ballet Hagen under the direction of renown choreographers including Wayne McGreggor. Currently, he works as a soloist in Budapest with choreographer Pál Frenák.  Eoin has taught at the Hong Kong academy of performing arts in Hong Kong, and has set a piece for the students of the graduating year there. 

Eoin will teach morning class and will assist the choreographers and rehearse the new works. He will be in the studio at all times, to assist with artistic matters.

Guest teachers working in Ireland will provide opportunity for participants to connect with Irish-based working choreographers and performers.  The teachers in 2020 include Lucia Kickham, Maria O’Malley & Laura Mackin. See for further information. 

Personal Development  

Independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities, to manage their career paths and often their own projects.  The Personal Development aspect of the Step Up dance project aims to give participants a broad toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path. Activities will include:

Coaching with Rivca Rubin, Personal Coach (England). Rivca encourages artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in. More on Rivca here.

Meeting key personnel within the dance field in Ireland 

Meeting Step Up Alumni to hear their experiences since participating in Step Up 

Workshop facilitated by Jenny Traynor of Dance Limerick emphasising self-empowerment, tips and guidance on presenting yourself professionally, online and in approaches to dance companies, programmers and funders.

Timeframe / Key Dates  

The full training / rehearsal / performance period runs from Monday 6 July – Saturday 29 August, using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick initially, and then at Dance Limerick, before performing in Limerick, Galway, Longford, Cork and Dublin. 

Terms & Conditions 

Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Some additional hours in the evening or on Sunday will be required, at the discretion of the choreographers. 

A full scholarship on the programme includes: 

- Accommodation on campus at UL, and subsequently in artist-friendly houses in the city for the second period of rehearsals. 
- Tour accommodation and tour travel as required, will be arranged and paid for by Step Up.  
- A weekly stipend will be paid toward day to day living costs

Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme  

What’s Not Covered 

- Travel Expenses to and from Ireland / Limerick 
- Health Insurance 
- Visa Costs (if applicable) 

How to Apply

We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate prior to Summer 2020 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.

Please send your CV and a personal statement describing why you would like to be involved in Step Up and confirming your availability for the full programme which runs Monday 6 July to Saturday 29 August 2020.

Applicants should send web links of recent live dance footage, on stage or in studio to include: 

- An excerpt of a dance solo
- An excerpt of improv

Closing Date 

Applications should be submitted via email by 5pm Friday 17 April to with Step Up Application in the subject line.   

Next Steps 

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to an audition in mid June, date TBC. Up to eight  dancers will be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2020 programme and letters of offer will be sent in the week immediately following the audition.

Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at  

Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council.

Image: Flora Wellesley Wesley by David Ball
VOICEMOTION - workshop
Wed 12 Feb '20

A weekend workshop with Guy Dartnell, an award-winning artist from the UK, who specialises in voice and movement.

Date: 28th - 29th March 2020
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: The Blue Box, LEDP, Roxboro Rd, Limerick

Working with emotional qualities can be fun as well as challenging and moving. This is a chance to experience the power of your own and other people’s emotional voice-body in an exciting way, while developing the sense of presence, play and spontaneity. We will explore how our emotions are shaped through our sounds, motions and facial gesturing and how in turn emotions shape our physicality and voice.

Alongside this we will see how awareness of the quality, speed and rhythm of our expression can enable us to connect with inner emergences, or block them off. We will look at the creative force of active witnessing and how we can find new sounds in ourselves through blending with those of others. We will touch on the need for silence and stillness in framing our expression and how awareness of this can help us avoid becoming slaves to the active element of our creativity, developing our ability to direct, control and make choices around our expression, while paradoxically experiencing ourselves in the joy of self-abandonment.

This taster workshop is available to performers and non-performers alike.

Cost: €100 if a non-refundable deposit received before 1st March, €120 after that.
Info and Bookings: contact Kate Hilder at or call 085 131 5848.

About Guy Dartnell

Guy Dartnell is an international award winning solo and collaborative artist, teacher and mentor. His work spans the realms of theatre, music, dance, circus and film. As a specialist in voice-movement expression he has worked with the likes of Meredith Monk and run Voicemotion workshops and projects extensively around the world both in creative, developmental, social inclusion, academic and corporate contexts. Guy co-runs the Peripheral Spaces project and Earl Street Creative Space in Hastings, UK and is also a Humanistic Integrative counsellor.

Image: Flora Wellesley Wesley by David Ball

Offsite Pop Up Performances
Fri 10 Jan '20

Catch our free, pop up performances for all ages on Saturday 8 February. 

In Ormston House, Patrick Street from 1-2pm: 

IN/OUT by Emily Mickus

This solo piece explores how music can evoke not only movement, but a range of emotions. Using a traditional dance vocabulary, Mickus allows the music to influence her rhythmic choices, disposition, and sense of control.

MAD SESH COMMA CMOUT by Limerick Youth Dance Company & 2nd Hand Drills

Limerick Youth Dance Company, led by Rachel Sheil, and musicians 2nd Hand Drills present a live musicand dance piece full of wild energy, intrigue and playful mischief. 2nd Hand Drillsand dancers swap their regular spaces to showcase their talents, from performing onthe stage to busking on the streets.

In Arthur's Quay Shopping Centre, from 2-3pm: 


Have you ever wondered how to do the cabbage patch or the one-two step like you see in music videos? Well wonder no more, Tobi Omoteso and the LimerockerCru will be teaching you some moves from the “Baby Freeze” to “Back Spins” and“six steps” that will be sure to blow your friends away.


LOOPED by Human Collective
What Next dance festival 2020
Fri 10 Jan '20

What Next dance festival 2020 brings you a programme of fresh and captivating performances and interactions from a bold new generation of dance artists.

Featuring exciting performances, off-site dance, a climate action dance manifesto and the inclusive Ceíli Afro Dabke, What Next has something to offer everyone. Local artists based in Limerick, Cork and Dublin join artists from Madrid, Columbia and France to perform in the city over the festival weekend.

Dive In, Discover Dance at the What Next dance festival, 6-8 February at Dance Limerick.

Download our festival brochure HERE or scroll down to view the calendar of events day by day.


Offsite Pop Up Performances at various locations across Limerick city

Thursday 6 February

Dance & Climate Action - Talk / Workshop at Ormston House
Festival Opening Reception (featuring Pop Up Performances) at Ormston House
Festival Club at Mother Macs

Friday 7 February 

Professional Workshop with Jesús Rubio Gamo at Dance Limerick
Friday Performance Triple Bill at Dance Limerick
Festival Club at Mother Macs

Saturday 8 February 

Professional Workshop with Lina Gómez at Dance Limerick
Saturday Performance Triple Bill at Dance Limerick
Céilí Afro Dabke at Dance Limerick


Individual Tickets can be booked through the events pages above. Tickets cost €14 full price or €12 concession. Get 10% off by booking your ticket online today, why pay more on the door!

Be a Dance Hero!

Make someone's day by becoming a Dance Hero. From January 2020, when you buy an online performance ticket at Dance Limerick you can choose the option of a second ‘Hero Ticket’ which will be gifted to an individual who is not able to buy their own ticket for financial or other reasons. Hero Tickets available for all What Next performances. Click here for more info. 

PERCOLATE Residency - Rachel Sheil
Wed 08 Jan '20

17 - 28 February

Rachel Sheil and Matt Szczerek will be exploring the generation of movement material from comic books, anime, cartoons & fantasy. Rachel has been interested in this kind of work since her MA in 2016 and is excited to move from solo-making to duets and making work on another body. She hopes to deepen her choreographic practice by finding her unique voice, culminating in a sharing of the duet's work-in-progress.

Fantasy, fiction and animation have different rules. It's a different reality. In this new reality, Rachel wants to explore what's possible; how humans can push past, push through to new depths of magic.

Matt Szczerek will host professional mornming classes during the residency period, more info here

Rachel Sheil is a Dance Limerick Associate Artist, read more about this role here.

Percolate Residency - Catherine Young
Wed 08 Jan '20

13-24 January

Dance artist Catherine Young returns to Dance Limerick for a 2 week residency to research a new project I am not political. During this time she will host morning classes for professional artists, more info on the classes here

Catherine also joins us in February as co-curator of the What Next dance festival.

Dance Limerick Gift Vouchers
Tue 17 Dec '19

Giving the Gift of Dance this holiday season means sharing creativity, movement, fitness and fun! With such a wide range of events, classes and performances at Dance Limerick, a gift voucher is the perfect present. Vouchers are available for €90, €50, €12.60 for a Performance Ticket. 

Get Your Gift Voucher HERE 

How to use your voucher:

You can use the gift voucher for any of the events listed below. Simply choose the class, performance or event you would like to attend and email / call 061 400 994 with your Ticket Number to reserve your place. 

Gift vouchers can be redeemed against the following:

- Adults Dance Classes
- Dance Clubs for Young People
- Evening Performances
- What Next dance festival programme of events


- Gift vouchers are valid for 1 year (expiry 31st December 2020)
- Adult classes vouchers can be redeemed against are: Contemporary Dance, Ballet  and our Over 50s Dance Project
- Vouchers not redeemable against  Limerick Youth Dance Company
- Pre-booking essential for all events, classes and performances due to limited numbers

Tue 10 Dec '19

Studio Friends Scheme | €70 per year | Open Call for Local Artists | Closing 17 Janurary

In 2020, The Studio Friends Scheme is open for a small number of professional artists interested to develop their work or their practice. The scheme offers 40 hours of studio space which can be used by the hour, day or week and subject to availability. In addition, the subscription will entitle artists to concession rate tickets to Dance Limerick’s performance programmes. Available dates and times are subject to Dance Limerick's evening class schedule and Saturday Dance Clubs.

Performance tickets will be available online and will include all booking fees. 

Applications are welcome from dance and performance artists living locally. Interested artists should send a CV and a short statement about how they may wish to use the studio space in 2020.

Please email with applications and for more details.


Dance Limerick Gift Vouchers
Dance Clubs for Young People
Dance Classes for Adults
Important Updates for Visiting Dance Limerick

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Dance Limerick exists to support the development of professional dance artists within the Limerick region and beyond.

Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick will advocate for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick will promote the creation of new and innovative work and will devise programmes of access, engagement and participation for the wider public.

Based at the premises of the former Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Limerick houses offices and a fully equipped studio space along with a separate performance venue known as the Daghda Space

Further information about facilities and opportunities for professional dance artists available from Jenny Traynor at